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Hollandaise Sauce

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Ingredients for Sauce Hollandaise

*The links in this recipe will take you to detailed explanations and audio files of the correct pronunciation of the French words

Sauce Hollandaise‘ is the simplest of the ‘butter sauces’, or ‘sauces au beurre‘ – a category of the so-called ‘Mother Sauces’ (Sauces Mères) of Classic French Cuisine. This simple sauce is a warm emulsion of ...

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How do you say Uranus?

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How do you say Uranus?

Saying Uranus incorrectly has dire and embarrassing consequences. For some reason, NO-ONE is pronouncing the name of this planet correctly – there is only ONE way, and it is revealed in this article. Say it properly, and do your bit towards saving us from the sky falling on our heads.

Before we look at how to say Uranus, let’s just go back a bit and ask ‘who was Uranus’? For those of you who have not had ...

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How do you say Col’cacchio?

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How do you say Col’cacchio?

Some time ago, a friend took me to lunch. “You must try this place – it makes the most fabulous pizzas”. She pronounced the name “kohl KAT/chee/oh’ which didn’t mean much to me, and off we went. While I was scrutinizing the menu, I looked at the name more carefully, and thought ‘oh wait, if “Col Cacchio” is Italian, you don’t say ‘kohl/KAT/chee/oh’, you say “kohl KAHK/kyoh”. Although it rang a faint bell, I wasn’t entirely sure what ...

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Have you been FICA’d?

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Have you been FICA’d?

All South Africans with bank accounts know that they have to FICA themselves, or they will have access to their money swiftly denied until they go to the bank and get it done. FICA stands for “Financial Intelligence Centre Act” which requires every individual with a bank account to provide incontrovertible proof of residence to the bank.   What on earth does this aggravating and intrusive requirement ...

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Is a ‘cappuccino’ a coffee, a monkey or a monk?

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Cappuccino

I am a Cappuccino!

People who associate the word ‘cappuccino’ only with the delicious beverage made with coffee and steamed milk topped with a thick milk foam may be surprised to learn that it is named after the Italian  Catholic Order of Capuchin Monks. ‘Cappuccino’ translated from Italian into English is ‘capuchin’, and comes from the Italian word ‘cappuccio’ (kahp/POOT/choh) which means a ...

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